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How to become a GCSS member


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Membership requirements

Who are we?

The public members of the Governor's Commission on Senior Services are appointed by the Governor for three-year terms. A majority of the membership shall be 60 years of age or older. The Commission membership must be:  

  • Broadly representative of major public and private agencies who are experienced in or have demonstrated particular interest in the special needs of elderly persons;

  • Advocates for elderly persons;

  • Persons who are active in advocacy organizations representing the interests of the elderly and people with disabilities who are served by programs provided by the Department of Human Services (DHS);

  • Consumers of DHS services including low income, minority and people with disabilities.GCSScloud.jpg 

How to apply

Individuals who wish to serve on the Governor's Commission on Senior Services must submit an interest form to the Governor. Potential members are screened to ensure that they meet the criteria. The Governor's office will consult with interested parties before making a decision and may request that the Oregon State Police review a person's background before making an appointment. 

Visit the Governor's website to download the interest form.

Individuals who are considering applying for the Commission should be aware that the Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of every other month from 9am-4pm in Salem.

Commission members are expected to serve on the Commission's work groups and may be asked to represent the Commission at outside meetings. There may also be work done between meetings, either by conference call or through individual research. Sometimes the Chair "mandates" that Commission members attend critical hearings and meetings in other parts of the state. Commission members also serve as liaisons to other organizations such as local and state advisory councils.